Training and health in veteran running
1. It usually takes longer to recover from injuries, due to a variety of ageing factors, and it is obviously not possible to maintain training regimes as rigorously as previously. A sensible approach of listening to your body rather than following your schedules of twenty years ago is preferable!
A sensible approach of listening to your body rather than following your schedules of twenty years ago is preferable!
2. A potentially sensitive issue is medication. Certain treatments which are used to maintain quality of life for older people may necessitate the use of substances which are normally prohibited for competitive sportspeople.
Hormone treatments, heart drugs, and various chemical therapies may all involve taking IAAF prohibited substances. Advice is available, but it is worth being aware that athletes have been banned, though thankfully vary rarely.
Dave Walsh has been organising road, cross country and track events, from local to international level, for most of his life. He competes internationally as a vet, has been a British ultra distance team manager and has been Welsh Road Race secretary.
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